Sunday’s Scriptures ~ Genesis 1:29-31a; Job 1:13-22; Job 38:4; Psalm 100; II Peter 3:9; and II Samuel 7:18-22
During the month of November I make an annual practice of keeping a daily gratitude journal. With the advent of social media I am able to see entries to my journal from years past; those entries jettison me to fond moments of laughter and degrees of frivolity. Last week I read an entry about gratitude for completing a dumpster-diving project, which contained comments and concerns for my swift exit from the dumpster.
(I am happy to report I have not been dumpster-diving…recently…)
I find that it is easy to give way to the negativity that surrounds us on a daily basis. Criticism without action to create better situations and improved circumstances as well as pervasive divisiveness are grave temptations.
Friends, we need one another. We do. Our united giftings and offerings guided in application and investment by the Holy Spirit help reveal the Kingdom of God. Remember the words of the Apostle Paul to the church at Corinth,
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot were to say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear were to say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’, nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we think less honourable we clothe with greater honour, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honour to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it (I Corinthians 12:12-26).
When I set about writing my daily gratitude entry I begin by answering the question, “What brings or brought me joy today?” and then the answers flow with ease. As we approach Thanksgiving – an annual celebration of our abundant blessings and gratitude – I am all the more mindful of all the joy in my life due to God and my sisters and brothers in Christ.
Will you join me in keeping a daily gratitude journal through the end of the November? We have much for which to be grateful. Our God is so good to us. Therefore, let us be good to and do good for one another.
Join this Sunday for a special service of worship through Scripture – Story – and Song – to help us express our gratitude to God for all God has done and continues to do in our lives!
Prayer: “To God be the glory! To God be the glory! To God be the glory for the things he has done. With his blood he has saved me. With his power he has raised me. To God be the glory for the things he has done!”* Amen.
*”My Tribute,” The United Methodist Hymnal 99.